Daily Incident Log - 6/18/2012

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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06/18/2012 -


Firefighters battle Croatan National Forest wildfire

Forest rangers say the wildfire at the center of Croatan National Forest has grown from 3,000 acres to 8,000 acres. The flames have spread from Sheep Ridge Wilderness, a swampy area of low vegetation, to into the rest of the forest, said district ranger Pancho Smith. "It's gone onto some other property, but still within our containment boundaries," said Smith. "We're working on our containment strategy."



Robbins OK's Capital Fund for Fire Department

The Robbins Town Board voted unanimously Thursday night to create a capital projects fund with fire district tax revenues. The alternative was to put the money in general revenues and earmark it for the fire department. While simpler, this would have allowed the town to spend the money on other projects, rather than being designated specifically for the fire department to pay for needed upgrades and equipment, the board was told.


Family of four displaced after house fire in Thomasville

A home on Mary James Avenue in Thomasville appears to be a total loss after a fire Saturday afternoon, according to the Thomasville Fire Department. At 2:15 p.m., firefighters were dispatched a working fire at 813 Mary James Ave. Battalion Chief Derek Medlin said firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire coming fr om the one-story home.


Related: Video Shows Fire Destroying Thomasville Home  

State: Stokes County fire agency erred with funeral aid

The Double Creek Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in Pinnacle was told to pay back $1,900 in state funds that it spent on the funeral of a volunteer firefighter's daughter, a possible violation of state law. The department is holding fundraisers today and June 23 to replenish the Stokes County Firefighter Relief Fund. The department was told by the N.C. State Firemen's Association to pay back the funeral expenses of Jaclyn Denise Wray, 32, of Pinnacle, who died Sept. 2 at her home.


Beaufort County Volunteer Fire Department receives equipment

A Beaufort County volunteer fire department has received a generous gift of lifesaving equipment from a rescue squad in another part of the state. "The Cabarrus Rescue Squad was disbanding, going out of service, and we were one of the departments they picked to get some of their equipment," said David Williams, chief of the Blounts Creek Volunteer Fire Department.



Columbia firefighters want better pay to reduce attrition

Columbia-Richland Fire Department Chief Aubrey Jenkins is asking for better pay and benefits for his firefighters to help curb a nearly 50 percent turnover rate in the past six years. Earlier this week, Jenkins gave City Council's public safety committee statistics showing the department has lost 231 firefighters since 2006 . The department, which fights fires in the city and Richland County, has 499 employees. The losses have come through retirements, employees leaving for better jobs and firings, Jenkins said.


Remembering the Charleston 9, five years later

Firefighters started their own memorial service long before crowds will gather at the Sofa Super Store fire site. The site is now a permanent memorial to the Charleston 9 in West Ashley. At midnight on the fifth anniversary of the fire, firefighters began hour long shifts, standing at attention at the site


Business Catches Fire near Cowpens

The Mayo Fire Department responded to a business fire early Sunday morning. Officials tell Seven On Your Side that the Tall Tales Fish Camp on Springdale Lane near Cowpens caught fire shortly after 4:00 a.m. Chesnee, Converse, and Cowpens assisted the Mayo Fire Department with the blaze. It took them 45 minutes to put it out.


Spartanburg County recalls fallen first responders

A 30-foot granite obelisk in Barnet Park will stand in memory of Spartanburg County first responders who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Plans for the First Responders Memorial were unveiled recently before a crowd of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical responders and families of those who died in the line of duty. The memorial will have four sides: one with information on the park and the date of its dedication, and one side each for emergency personnel, law enforcement and firefighters killed while in service.


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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